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7 Common Web Hosting Terms Explained for Newbies

The Terms of Web Hosting

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If you want to create your online presence, the best thing that you can do is either create your own website or create a blog where you can post new content frequently.

Now, that may be an easy concept when you think of it only on a surface level, but once you start to go deeper, then you’re really going to have a hard time wrapping your head around the terms being used in web hosting.

So today, I am going to create an article that focuses on the most commonly used in the best web hosting terms so that you will not be a newbie when it comes to choosing a particular service. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Web Hosting

Think of web hosting as a home for your website. Without a home, no one will know exactly where you are because you’re going to wander around aimlessly. That is why if you get a web hosting service, you will be given a domain that pretty much acts as your digital address.

Much like a physical home, whenever you purchase a web hosting package, you will be given the chance to upload all of your website’s files and images so that you can use it on your page.

Domain Name

Think of Domain Name as your home address on the internet. Once you’ve created your domain like www.mydomain.com, people would just have to enter that address if they want to go to your website.

Free web hosting services would allow you to get a domain, but it will just be an extension of their service. For instance, instead of having your own domain name like the one I’ve mentioned above, you’re probably going to get something like www.mydomain.geocities.com, Geocities being the name of the free hosting service.

MySQL

SQL stands for Structured Query Language and it is a database software that you can tweak to your liking. This is the most preferred SQL option, but if you will need ASP.NET, you’re going to have to install a server that runs on a Microsoft Windows operating system.

Database

A database is simply where you store all of the files that are needed by your website. It is run by a computer and it may use a Linux or Windows-based operating system.

cPanel

Otherwise known simply as the control panel, this gives you a load of different statistics that will help you with key website metrics.

You want to go to this panel a lot if you want to improve your performance. For instance, if you see that you have very low “time on site”, for example, perhaps changing some aspects of your website can help.

POP3 Email

This is actually something that is included in most paid web hosting solutions out there. Basically, it allows you to create an unlimited number of emails using the POP3 email format. You can read the messages using Outlook Express or any other similar program.

FTP

Also known as the File Transfer Protocol, this basically allows you to upload/download to and from your server/website, respectively.